Sun’s last issue was ‘on fire’

Editor:
Call me a fool for civility and sunshine but Dennis Evanosky’s story (“Newspaper 101,” Aug. 9) reasserting the ground rules for civility along with the California News Publishers Association (CNPA) editorial on transparency in government (“A Message from the CNPA,” Aug. 9) signaled a re-commitment to ethical standards in journalism nearly lost over the past 10 years or so. 

The Alameda Sun has joined  the Silicon Valley social media giants who, in their blocking of an incendiary extremist radio shock-jock, have recognized that the First Amendment does not protect defamatory speech nor incitements to violence. The media — most critically print journalism — has a role to play in pulling this nation — and our city — back from the brink of unraveling. The Sun had stepped into the stream of history and joined other “journalistic-media” institutions reclaiming a unique strength, mission and integrity as the fourth wing of democratic government. 

I cannot thank the Sun enough for the courage it takes. I believe the Sun is on its way to greater readership and respect. Again, we may disagree on the issues, but we agree to a safe space for conversation. 

The Sun is like our community campfire around which sits the whole of our irascible Alameda tribe. Civility says we can all speak to our concerns, but not at the expense of another. 
Thank you.

 

Gabrielle “Gaby” Dolphin